Los Angeles-based Rockabye Baby! are adding California pop-punkers Blink-182 to their collection of kid friendly releases. The label specializes in taking songs from adults’ favorite bands and artists and turning them into instrumental lullabies.
The product’s description is seeping with references to the band’s past work: “Do noisy babies have you saying I miss you sleep? Rockabye Baby’s quiet versions of blink 182’s pop-punk favorites will turn the lights off and help keep ‘em off all night long. Do it for the kids.” Even the album’s cover pays homage to the video for “What’s My Age Again?” with three bears sporting black censorship bars.
The twelve tracks cover a wide range of the band’s discography. However, it sticks to pre-hiatus material including 1995’s Cheshire Cat (“M+Ms”), 1997’s Dude Ranch (“Dammit,” “Josie”), 1999’s Enema of State (“What’s My Age Again?,” “Adam’s Song,” “All The Small Things”), 2000’s The Mark, Tom & Travis Show: The Enema Strikes Back (“Man Overboard”), 2001’s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (“The Rock Show,” “First Date,” “Anthem Part II”) and 2003’s Untitled (“Feeling This,” “I Miss You”). Nothing is present from Blink-182’s most recent effort, 2011’s Neighborhoods.
Blink-182 joins Rockabye Baby!’s takes on other modern day artists like Green Day, Maroon 5, Coldplay, No Doubt, Weezer, Foo Fighters, Nickleback, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The White Stripes. They’ve also tackled some of the classic acts like Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, The Ramones, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Queen, Black Sabbath and AC/DC. Rockabye Baby! has not just limited themselves to rock acts having also covered Bob Marley, Kanye West, Madonna, Prince, Jay Z, Pink and Eminem.
This lullaby covers album may be the first “new” Blink-182 material since 2011’s Neighborhoods, but that won’t be the case for long. Following vocalist/guitarist Tom Delonge’s departure in late January, Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba stepped up to fulfill his role for the band’s Musink Tattoo Covention and Music Festival. Then, in an interview with Billboard, vocalist/bassist Mark Hoppus revealed he would be entering the studio with Skiba and drummer Travis Barker to work on new material in August. This was followed by DeLonge revealing in a San Diego Comic Con interview with Nerdist that “probably just a few phone calls” is all that was needed to have him make more music with the band.
Rockabye Baby!’s Lullaby Renditions of Blink-182 is available for pre-order as a physical CD or MP3s. The full album will be available August 14.